just spoke with Robert Meyers President of Archives and Footage at Ripley's Believe it or Not and he said that the claim of Ripley's offering $100,000 to whomever could prove the existance of the lights is absolute bull. There is no such reward or claim EVER made by Ripley's. He has no clue where the rumor started and said it is a common urban legend that Ripley's made this offer. For a website dedicated to "the paulding lights" it seems those on here are more interestedin the paranormal mumbo jumbo but not willing look clearly at the facts of both the lights themselves and the legends surrounding them.
So... can you post the actual conversation you had with Robert Meyers... the phone number you used... the email address... scan the letter and post it..
cause I could say I talked to President Barack Obama who swears he did offer $1,000,000 for proof of the paulding lights as part of his stimulus plan... but that doesn't mean I really did.
not to say you're not telling the truth... but a lot of people will do, say, or fake anything to debunk the lights cause it makes them feel special to "disprove" something others have not been able to.
ask for Robert Meyers President of Archives blah blah... god this needs to be put to rest already (the FAKE offer, not the mystery of the lights). Honestly get off your fat asses and someone call him to verify my claim.
here is a conversation i had with a very very informed witness who saw the truth behind the lights. Its really a shame Fact/Faked didnt speak with this individual first. It also casts cold water on my 4d theory sounds like a total hoax that is easily verifiable... again someone local prove this guy wrong or right please. Here is his reply to me (he was hard to track down)
RE: The Paudling lights. Yes, we were able to verify each passing vehicle because (a) we first verified it in daylight by driving a pick-up with flashing lights on it before dark. That established that a baseline of where the lights should appear. (b) As it grew darker and vehicles passing the very same spot had headlights on, it was exactly the same spot. Actually, the lights showed up in the sky a few seconds before we actually spotted the vehicle headlights directly because we actually saw the vehicle lights when the car hit the crest of the hill.
As the cars passed the crest and headed downhill, both the car lights and the light in the sky disappeared almost simultaneously. The same thing happed about 15 times over about a two hour period. Bear in mind, this is a very lightly traveled road.
I have read about the MARFA lights of Texas and about other places with mysterious lights. I have never been to any other "lights phenomena" other than Paulding, so obviously I have no personal experience beyond the one I commented on.
We stopped at a bar for a light lunch and a beer at Watersmeet a few miles away on our way home. We had fun with the locals. We pretended we were on our way to Paulding and asked about them. They told us they were real. When we told them about our experiment, they admitted we were right. They said the "myth of Paulding" is good for tourism, so they don't want to ruin a good thing.